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Welcome to the Academy Education Association web site. The AEA is a community of teachers and education support professionals in Academy District 20 who advocate for public education. We believe that a strong public school system is essential for Colorado's success. We believe that public education employees know best how to run our schools, and we strive to make Academy District 20 a more democratic and employee-driven school district. We also value and promote public service and community-mindedness. Read more about our beliefs.
“The current ‘education reform’ movement is pushing bad ideas ... It wants to end tenure and seniority, to silence teachers’ unions, to privatize large sectors of public education. Don’t let it happen!” --Diane Ravitch
"... high standards are all well and good, and nobody would argue against setting them. But without support for teachers to implement them and a linked curriculum, and without addressing out-of-school factors that influence student achievement, the standards have no real meaning." --Susan Ohanian
The AEA is organizing a Budget Committee for this year. The committee will investigate and analyze the District 20 budget and prepare a set of recommendations that will be communicated to AEA members and other stakeholders in Academy District 20. We can expect further budget cuts this year, so it is important that association members become actively involved in holding the district accountable to the priorities of education employees. The committee will meet monthly. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
"WHEN we don’t get the results we want in our military endeavors, we don’t blame the soldiers. We don’t say, 'It’s these lazy soldiers and their bloated benefits plans! That’s why we haven’t done better in Afghanistan!' No, if the results aren’t there, we blame the planners." Read the full article.
Across the country, public education is under attack. Not only are legislatures slashing budgets, promoting unaccountable systems like schools of innovation, and imposing egregious valuation systems and other mandates, but some states are repressing the collective voice of public education employees, the public sector union. Don't mistake the conflict in Wisconsin as simply one over collective bargaining rights, as important as they are; far more is at stake.
Association Representative Council meetings will be held on the last Tuesday of every month. The meeting dates for the rest of the school year are: 01/25, 02/22, 03/29, 04/26, 05/31. All meetings will be held at Panera (7344 North Academy Blvd) at 4 pm in the meeting room, unless decided otherwise by the Council or the Executive Committee.
The representatives of the Academy Education Association send best wishes to all members of the AEA and all employees of Academy District 20. May your holidays be pleasant and restful. You'll find a letter to our members here.
On November 16th, the Pikes Peak United Way hosted a K-12 Education Forum at the Crown Plaza hotel, and a panel of representatives from several school districts and institutions of higher education was convened. The panel discussed the question, "what does the biography of the future teacher look like?"
Panel members included Heidi Pace from D20, Mary Thurman and Mike Poore from D11, Walt Cooper from Cheyenne Mountain, Ted Baumann from D38, Mike Miles from D2, Mary Guinn from D49, Rich Patterson from the University of Phoenix, Suzie Perry from Regis University, and Elizabeth Hubbel from McRel. Notably absent on the panel were classroom teachers, classified employees, and association representatives.
If you didn't see this bit of humour, check it out. It resembles too closely what we hear from many administrators and reformers these days. On a more serious note, check out this excellent site, which contains many good critiques of the reform movement and arguments for a different path forward. Also, check out this excellent animation about education reform.
A documentary film about education called "Waiting for Superman" aired this month in theatres across the country. The documentary targets teachers and unions for problems in education. Read the Gazette article for more information, including quotes from the Academy Education Association President.
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